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About us

The Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) was formed in Houston in 1992 with the mission to recognize and promote awareness and increase understanding of Asian American and Pacific Islander culture, diversity, and accomplishments through education and celebration. The 501(c)(3) organization focuses on the month of May, which is celebrated nationally as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month but events continue throughout the year.


In June 1977, Representative Frank Horton (New York) and Representative Norman Mineta (California) proclaimed in a House Resolution that the first 10 days of May to be Asian Heritage Week. In May 1990, President George H.W. Bush extended the recognition and designated the entire month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. During his term, President Barack Obama reiterated this declaration.

Making a strong positive contribution to our community, APAHA collaborates with varied community and educational organizations and provides ongoing educational, cultural and scholarship programs through the greater Houston area.